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ECS Project Data Management

More About ECS Data Management

The U.S. ECS Task Force sponsored an ECS Data Management Workshop in October 2007. The workshop included representatives from the many agencies and academic partners involved in seafloor mapping and data management. This 3-day effort, which discussed data requirements, needs, and potential areas of new data collection, was a first step in developing an ECS Data Management Plan and resulted in the following recommendations presented to, and approved by the U.S. ECS Task Force:

  1. Employ data consistency and integration measures
  2. Develop a secure, extensible, and flexible Information Management System that supports regional analysis to define the U.S. ECS
  3. Provide long-term stewardship of the data, information, and products supporting the U.S. submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) through NGDC

Although the nature of the ECS Project is complex and lengthy, the work can generally be separated into four interactive components: 1) data collection, 2) data management, 3) data analysis and documentation, and 4) diplomatic and legal issues. Each of these components must inform and relate to the other three components to ensure a successful project.

ECS Project Components
The four main components to the ECS Project.

Data management is a key component of the ECS Project that provides a common infrastructure and the means to archive and integrate the data supporting, and products resulting from analysis. This effort is led by NGDC in partnership with the USGS, BOEM, and the Department of State with advice and support from University partners.

Baseline points, bathymetric data, seismic reflection and refraction data, geologic sample data, magnetic data, gravity data, documentation, references, cartographic products, and GIS projects must all be integrated into the ECS project to define the U.S. outer limits. The ECS Information Management System (ECS IMS) consists of the necessary software, hardware, and security measures to store and manage this data and information. Finally, acknowledging the historic aspect of redefining the extent of the United States, this ECS Data Management Plan provides long-term stewardship of the above data and analyses.

The ECS Information Management System (IMS)

The ECS Information Management System (IMS) is the hardware, software, procedures, and people to support the archive and data assessments, scientific analyses, product generation, regional ECS analyses and outputs for the preparation and eventual presentation of the U.S. ECS Submission.

In the illustration below, the icons represent what the IMS will steward or manage. The arrows and underlying words represent a generalized flow of data and actions that the IMS will interact with (i.e. provide data/information for or capture data/products from scientific assessments and data analyses). The IMS will provide the continuity and, as needed, conformity for information management (data, metadata, and products) that links the work done by the various science and UNCLOS experts.

ECS data flow diagram
The ECS IMS supports the assessment, scientific analyses, preparation, and presentation of the U.S. ECS Submission.